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Step Up 2 the Streets [2008] [PG-13] - 4.3.4



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A talented street dancer (Briana Evigan) finds herself struggling to keep her old friends while trying to fit in her new and quite prestigious arts school. When she teams up with the school's best dancer (Robert Hoffman) they recruit classmates who've been outcasts to compete in a major underground dance battle. Also with Will Kemp, Adam G. Sevani, Danielle Polanco, Mari Koda, Cassie, Harry Shum Jr., Telisha Shaw, Alfred "Black" Thomas, Jennifer Rouse, LaJon Dantzler, Donnie Counts, Alison Faulk, Alex Welch, Troy Kirby and Channing Tatum. Directed by Jon Chu. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - During a dance routine, a teenage girl dances on top of a teenage boy with sensual gestures (they are both lying down and fully clothed; sex is not implied).
 A teenage girl and a teenage boy kiss. A teenage girl kisses a teenage boy. A teenage girl and a teenage boy talk close to each other and almost kiss.
 There are several instances of suggestive dancing with teenage girls striking "come hither" poses, with hip and buttock shaking. There is a lot of dancing where teens put their hands on their crotches and there are dancing scenes with people thrusting their hips.
 A teenage girl is shown in her bra as she changes clothes. Teenage girls wear low-cut, midriff tops that expose cleavage and abdomens. Teenage girls wear skimpy dance outfits exposing cleavage, bare arms and legs. Two teenage girls are shown in low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage. There is a scene where several teenage girls lift their shirts and show off their bare abdomen in a dance studio mirror. There is a scene where several teen boys stand in front of a mirror and raise their shirts to show off their bare abdomen. A teenage boy takes off his shirt, exposing his bare chest. A man takes his shirt off exposing his chest. Men play basketball with their shirts off. A man dances in an undershirt.
 Two teenage couples flirt, antagonize each other and exchange romantic looks. A teenage girl and teenage boy dance closely. A party shows people dancing close to each other, with some sensual and suggestive moves. A teenage girl and a teenage boy hug.
 A teenage boy mentions knowing who's dating whom and who's "hooking up." A song in the background talks about "a big ole' donkey," meaning a girl's buttocks. A teenage girl asks if she's being "pimped out." A teenage girl refers to a friend as having breasts, using a slang term.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A teenage boy grabs another teenage boy and they exchange punches (no blood is shown).
 A teenager is beat up by several other teens and is spit on (we see the victim later with bruises, but no blood).
 Teenagers who started street dancing on a subway are chased by police through a subway station; they are not caught and later are described as thugs who were violent.
 A teenager throws a desk in anger (we see papers and a laptop on the floor). A dance studio is destroyed: glass is broken, tables are broken, and graffiti is sprayed all around the school.
 A man is suspicious of a masked teenager and thinks he's going to commit a crime. During a street dance routine a woman pretends to be carrying a baby; then when the music starts she throws it (it's a doll) and starts dancing.
 A teenage girl and teenage boy dance closely and make gestures as if they're "fighting," by throwing punches at each other (they don't actually strike each other).

PROFANITY 4 - 2 sexual references, 5 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (a girl is called Telemundo, stupid, punk, thugs), 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see people at a bar in a nightclub (no one is shown drinking).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a parent, guardianship, family, outcasts, girls vs. boys, jealousy, running away, skipping school, staying out late, mentoring, fitting in, thinking outside the box, loyalty, friendship, revealing clothing, styles of dance, inclusiveness, romantic relationships, vandalism, mob mentality, finding oneself, respect, making mistakes, standing up for oneself, bossiness, disturbing the peace.

MESSAGE - Everyone is looking for a place to belong. Think positive.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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